Join Poppy Koumis & Bree Oliver for 108 sun salutations to bid the old year farewell and welcome the new year in!
Surya Namaskar, the Sun Salutation, is a series of 12 postures performed in a single, graceful flow. Each movement is coordinated with the breath. We will begin the workshop by creating a Sanculpa, an intention for the new year. Then we will begin to flow through our sun salutations, creating a moving meditation with the pulse of the breath. As we move through the 108 sun salutations, we will cleanse the body and mind in order to take the time to set our intentions for the new year ahead.
Why 108? The number 108 carries spiritual significance in many cultures. There are 108 Vedic yogic texts dating from the 6th century BCE and 108 yoga sutras. According to yogic tradition, there are 108 pithas, or sacred sites throughout India and 108 marma points, or sacred places of the body. There are 108 beads on a Catholic rosary and the Tibetan malas. 1 stands for higher truth, 0 stand for emptiness, 8 stands for infinity. The practice of 108 Sun salutations is traditionally done to honour the change in seasons.
All levels are welcome as participants can take any necessary rest breaks or modifications and complete as many of the 108 as they possibly can. We will begin and end the practice with pranayama and meditation.